CRA gets flack for Netfile changes

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has unnerved privacy experts with a change to its electronic tax-filing policy: It has removed several authentication requirements for electronic filers.

In the past, the CRA asked those filing via its NETFILE web-based tax-filing service for a personal code and PIN number. Last month, however, it said that taxpayers would only require a Social Insurance Number and a birth date to file online from now on.

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